I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico about a week ago from Los Angeles and one of the things that struck me immediately is how nice everyone was. Just out doing errands, strangers will strike up a conversation about anything and they take the time to listen to your stories, too.
So when I went to the Albuquerque Tea Party late on a very windy afternoon on April 15th, almost everyone I spoke to was very nice. I had some nice conversations both on and off camera with the individuals attending, who obviously came from a variety of ideological and political backgrounds.
But as a group -- something wicked this way comes.
There's a danger in mobs that allows people to act much worse than they ever would on their own. And while we've been laughing at the antics of Limbaugh and Beck and Malkin and Fox News, those pundits and a thousand small town bloggers and talk radio host have been fanning the embers beneath their loose coalition of discontents. They have tugged and pulled at their fringes and stoked their unrest and played and preyed on their patriotism.